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Love of Science Grows to Legacy of Giving

Joe Hognander has been making annual gifts to the Science Museum of Minnesota for over 20 years. Recently, he created a gift in his estate plan so future generations can experience the joys of learning and discovery. Read More

Science Education for All Ages

Scott Getty

For many years, Scott Getty's work has closely tied him to the mission of the Science Museum of Minnesota, but it wasn't until he saw the curiosity in his sons' eyes that he experienced the museum in a different way. Now, he and his wife are proud to support the future of learning at SMM through their estate plan. Read More

Helping Generations Experience Science

Tom and Kathy Malaske

Tom and Kathy Malaske's first experiences with the Science Museum of Minnesota were through a child's eyes. Tom found fascination with a mummy exhibit at age six. Kathy saw the wonder of science as her two young nephews did on a family visit. And that delight with visiting the museum has not faded for the Malaskes over the years. Read More

Passing Science on to Future Generations

Hal and Luann Muller

Science holds a special place in Luann Muller's heart. A retired nurse who served the Minneapolis Department of Health for almost 40 years, Luann has a strong science background and appreciation. Both she and her late husband, Hal, shared a passion for science. Read More

Paying It Forward Through Science

Sid Munson

John Stanoch has witnessed firsthand the impact of educational deficits on youth. That’s why he’s supporting SMM’s commitment to education well into the future. Read More

Cultivating Curiosity Through Science

Sid Munson

For curious minds like Sid Munson, the Science Museum of Minnesota is a haven. Read how a chance encounter turned that curiosity into a lasting gift. Read More

Educating for a Lifetime and Beyond

Elfrieda Hintze

After dedicating a lifetime to teaching science, a retired teacher has made sure her influence will continue with a gift through her IRA. Read More

Education Enhanced at the Science Museum

Lety and Lowell Gillette

Lowell and Lety Gillette, longtime supporters of the Science Museum of Minnesota, take a family-first approach to life. Family is important to the museum, as well, and it shows. The programs and exhibits directly and indirectly encourage and enhance the education of the community, including the Gillettes. Read More

Appealing to Everyone: The Luises Give Back

Richard and Juanita Luis

Imagination inspires innovation. The Science Museum of Minnesota inspires both. It has also inspired a Saint Paul-area couple, Juanita and Richard Luis, to donate a portion of their retirement savings to the Science Museum of Minnesota. Read More